Twitch has grown tremendously in recent years, it goes without saying: nowadays, Amazon’s platform is a particularly powerful tool for promoting modern culture and its rise is not about to slow down. And although its democratization is gradually developing, in particular by focusing on subjects other than video games, the latter continues to predominate: one only has to look at these few statistics to prove it. realize.
The observation is edifying. Eight years after its release, Grand Theft Auto V (which includes GTA Online) continues to hit the mark, even winning Twitch’s most viewed game award in 2023 with 2.1 billion hours on the clock: the only category ahead of it is not even that of a video game since it is “Just Chatting”. Rockstar once again asserts its domination and it is inevitably impressive: as much to say that one understands completely why the developers wish again to bring their goose that lays the golden eggs on PS5 and Xbox Series.
Behind the GTA 5 bodybuilder, we find other majors of the Tenth Art: League of Legends with 1.8 billion hours watched or a certain Fortnite and its billion hours recorded. Unsurprisingly, the big popular names in video games share the rest of the rankings, although they are all several years old. The most viewed new franchise on Twitch turns out to be New World, Amazon’s MMO, placed in 18th position.
Top 10 most viewed categories on Twitch in 2023
By the way, let us note that Twitch has experienced very good progress this year with 24 billion hours watched against 17 billion in 2023, a 45% increase. There is no doubt that the efforts of the platform, combined with confinements and the rise of digitization, go hand in hand.
As mentioned previously, even if the Tenth Art remains a major topic, Twitch in fact casts a lot wider: the simple discussion session between the streamer and his audience remains in pole position (3.1 billion hours, we remind you), far ahead of casino gambling (287 million hours), the music (267 million), Sports (167 million) and other categories.
Suffice to say that we are curious to see where all this will lead, especially in the face of competitors who continue to progress slowly: we can for example quote YouTube but also Facebook, which in 2023 and via its Gaming section, increased its audience by 47% with a total of 5.3 billion hours viewed.